Whitening: What Works, What Doesn’t

Whitening: What Works, What Doesn’t

August 22, 2018

With so much information about teeth whitening on the internet and in the media, it’s natural to wonder which ones are just myths, and which ones are true. If you’re seeking to whiten your teeth, and are looking for natural options or dramatic results, in the following article we will strive to appeal to all sorts of questions that many patients have on occasion. Let’s begin by finding out why your teeth turn yellow in the first place.

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that our tooth can lose some of their glowing white color from stains due to coffee, soda, and tea. However, these kinds of stains can be removed on a daily basis if and only if you practice regular brushing and flossing throughout the day. However, the most common reason for yellow teeth is actually found below the surface. Underneath the outside layer of enamel that we see, is a yellow internal core called dentin. As our enamel wears down this yellow layer gets closer to the surface, making our teeth appear more and more yellow. Genetics can also play a strong role in how yellow our dentin is, or the thinness of our enamel.

What are my Options

There are plenty of options as to how to whiten your teeth. The most effective way to achieve a whiter smile is by using a product that contains bleach and ingredients that will physically change the color of the tooth buy penetrating through the enamel and bleaching the dentin. It’s important to remember that whitening toothpaste will not give any lasting or dramatic effects, and instead of using whitening strips, ask one of our dental professionals for whitening trays or in-office whitening.

What is the Safest Way to Whiten my Teeth

The best way to achieve a whiter smile in less time and to protect your teeth the most, in-office whitening done using bleaching agents is the way to go. When a dental professional looks over the whitening process, we can closely monitor the amount of whitening gel, in order to give you customized solutions based on your dental needs. If you still have questions about teeth whitening, or would like to schedule a consultation, feel free to contact us at Beau Sourire Family Dental in Mandeville, LA. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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